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Pictures of Ukraine Riots

Normally, a thread like this belongs in PWI (gross), but I’m making this thread more for the cool pictures found here:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?234849-Uprising-in-Ukraine-(Photos-and-Videos)

That being said, I am sure this thread will devolve in to:
-Someone saying the U.S. sucks and someone needs to start this revolution soon
-Someone else saying U.S. are “too big a bunch of pussies”, or whatever, to do anything like that.
-Fighting over two previous statements.

Enjoy.

The pictures are actually pretty interesting.

That stuff is straight out of Fallout 3.

First class rioting, 10/10.

Guy lighting a smoke with a molotov cocktail

Wow. Europeans sure know how to riot.

[quote]LarryH wrote:
Wow. Europeans sure know how to riot. [/quote]

It is a Slav thing. We have had a lot of practice with riots and revolutions in the last century.

this makes me home-sick

I kept expecting the The Klitschko brothers to emerge from the smoke wearing eye patches and carrying chainsaws.

Sorry, Representative Klitschko.

I’m a little slow on current events lately, can anyone give me a debrief on why the hell all this is happening? I did a quick search for articles but found no quick summaries, mostly lengthy stories.


There is also so much win with the guy wearing a pasta strainer as a helmet.

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
I’m a little slow on current events lately, can anyone give me a debrief on why the hell all this is happening? I did a quick search for articles but found no quick summaries, mostly lengthy stories. [/quote]

I only heard about it last week, and just from what they said on NPR and/or BBC.

Something like the Ukranian Prime Minister/President guy was siding more with Russia than Europe in his policies, and “the people” prefer Europe over Russia.

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
I’m a little slow on current events lately, can anyone give me a debrief on why the hell all this is happening? I did a quick search for articles but found no quick summaries, mostly lengthy stories. [/quote]

West half of country wants the EU…East half of country wants Russia.

President is Eastern, holding on to power by his pubes…enacting draconian laws, riots ensue.

Klitschko is actually a key power player in this for the West half of country.

I wish they taught this stuff in school

[quote]LankyMofo wrote:
I’m a little slow on current events lately, can anyone give me a debrief on why the hell all this is happening? I did a quick search for articles but found no quick summaries, mostly lengthy stories. [/quote]

All this actually started a few years ago when the Ukrainian government was negotiating an association accord with EU representatives. It would have, among other things, facilitated free trade with the rest of Europe and opened up many new markets for Ukrainian goods. This would have been a great boost to the Ukrainian economy and helped raise the standard of living for many, many of the Ukrainian poor.

In exchange, Ukraine would need to institute reforms to reduce corruption in the political and judicial systems and remedy many human rights violations perpetrated by the Ukrainian government. Now, Russia doesn’t like this because we have very profitable trade agreements with Ukraine that could be threatened by this agreement so our government offered a monetary aid package and more mutually beneficial aid packages to the Ukraine with none of the demands on reform.

The Ukrainian prime minister and his government decided to accept our agreement (as far as economic benefits, both were about the same) so that they could not have t bother with reforms, as well as Slavic solidarity, and this pissed off a lot of Ukrainians who really wanted those reforms and closer ties with the west, so protests were staged.

The Ukrainian government answered with anti-protest laws and the good old secret police, which helped motivate many towards violence and here we are.

Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. Really interesting stuff, I can’t imagine how bad it must get for riots like that to ensue.

So much win

Is that all dried blood or dried dirt?

[quote]Claudan wrote:
Is that all dried blood or dried dirt?[/quote]

I don’t know.

[quote]Aragorn wrote:

[quote]Claudan wrote:
Is that all dried blood or dried dirt?[/quote]

I don’t know.[/quote]

Looks more like rust or paint to me.